The South Korean presidential election is coming up, and North Korea appears to be revving up efforts to influence South Korea's presidential election through propaganda and possibly provocations in anticipation of a new Seoul government more favorable to its interests.
Some experts say escalated inter-Korean tension could fan voter anxiety against a female candidate without military experience while others argue the North will no longer be a factor as voters are mature enough to discern its politicking.
Past Korean administration has received criticism for being too pro-North Korean, which later gave North Korea the idea that they could get aid by provoking South Korea. North Koreans are utilizing social networking services to focus its energy on regrouping pro-North Korean forces in the South and mobilize them to meticulously prepare for a North Korean propaganda blitz.
In recent reports and commentaries, North Korean media have frequently mentioned the South's up-coming elections and berated the current conservative government, headed by president Lee Myung-bak and his ruling Saenuri Party for what they call "confrontational policy."
Moreover, amid the North's state media increasingly covering South Korean politics, Pyongyang is attempting to influence young voters by highlighting that Kim Jong-un is different from his predecessors by showing coverages of Kim and his wife Ri Sol-ju appearing at a kindergarten, amusement park and concert and reaching out to the grassroots to conjure up a positive image for y0oung voters in the South.
Everyday I get to know about North Korea, they are one of the world's disgraceful nation. They are trying to destroy what we've fought and stood up for centuries, democracy in the Korean peninsula. It is shameful to see that this democracy is being jeopardized by mere propaganda from North Korea.